LES MAITRES DU SECRET – JACK DABAGHIAN
The Druze community has a power of fascination that does not diminish since the Orientalists. Guardian of a secret and a religion described by Gérard de Nerval and Lamartine as mysterious, and who remains so today; it has preserved its traditions and an enigmatic aura despite the evolution of contemporary society.
This exhibition is a tribute to this community. It also revolves around the idea of the reappropriation of an old photographic technique: the wet collodion. Jack Dabaghian chose this technique to emphasize the timelessness of his subject. Portraits, landscapes, and still life that plunges us into the heart of this culture so well protected.
This exhibition proposed by the French Institute of Lebanon in Deir El Qamar is made possible thanks to the support of the International Festival of Beiteddine
Curator: Marine Bougaran
Jack Dabaghian has had a long and successful career, spanning 30 years of journalism and photography, and reflecting his fascination with the power of the image. Born in Beirut in 1961, he covered the Lebanese civil war as a war photographer, witness of the conflict that tore the country apart. After a successful career in Europe, where Jack developed his interest in the aesthetic image through fashion photography, he took the lead of the Middle East Photo Service at Reuters. During his 20 years as a war photographer, Jack covered the Iran / Iraq war and the conflicts in Lebanon, Palestine, Rwanda, Zaire, Algeria, and Iraq.
In 2012, Jack began working on personal projects, including identity, global warming, and abandoned places. War photographer turned ethno-photographer photographer; Jack captures the beauty and creativity of nomadic tribes in Asia and Africa.
AMMAR ABD RABBO – SYRIE, MON PAYS QUI N’EXISTE PLUS
Born in Damascus, Ammar Abd Rabbo lived in Libya and Lebanon before settling in France, at the age of 12. A former student of “Sciences Po Paris,” Ammar began to work for different news agencies and carrying out many assignments, mainly in the Arab world. Journalist and photographer, he has signed more than sixty covers of very different magazines such as “Paris Match,” “Der Spiegel,” “Le Point,” “Laha,” “M, Le Magazine du Monde” …
Although he doesn’t consider himself a “war photographer,” and covers diverse events such as the Cannes Film Festival and Paris Fashion Week, Ammar covered the conflicts in Bosnia, Iraq, Libya, and Syria.
Between 3013, and 2014, he worked on several reports in Syria, while focusing on presenting the daily life and “resistance” of the inhabitants, rather than military life.
In June 2018, he was named “Chevalier” in the Order of Arts and Letters in Paris.
The exhibitions will open on July 18, and will run till August 10.